Press release

Director-General deplores the death of journalist Lazzare Maxilien in Haiti

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has urged the authorities to investigate the circumstances of the tragic death of online journalist Lazzare Maxilien during a demonstration in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, on 23 February.
I deplore the death of Lazarre Maxilien. I call on the authorities to investigate the circumstances of his death and bring those responsible to trial, in line with their duty to protect journalists’ safety in the exercise of their profession, notably when covering protests
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Maxilien, who worked for online media group Roi des Infos was shot while covering a workers’ demonstration for higher pay and died in hospital hours later. Two other journalists were wounded.

UNESCO’s downloadable brief on the Safety of Journalists Covering Protests includes best practices that contribute to the safety of media workers in times of turmoil for the attention of both media and authorities.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

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